What Different Types of Dentures are Available?

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Dentures are used for replacing weak or lost teeth. They are available as a full or partial set depending on the number of missing teeth. In this article, we cover the types of dentures available for teeth restorations.

Types of dentures

Partial dentures

If only a few teeth are lost, partial dentures can fill the space. Partial dentures can be connected to the natural tooth through binding metal clasps. The crowns help the partial dentures fit correctly and with precision.

Implant-supported dentures

As the name implies, implant-supported dentures are connected to implants inserted into the jawbone. These implants protrude through the gums and hold the dentures in place. The dentist inserts implants surgically and allows some time to fuse with the jawbone. The benefit of implant-supported dentures is that they offer better stability than other types of dentures, especially for the lower jaw.

This type of dentures can be either ball-retained or bar-retained. In the latter, a thin metal bar will be connected to two to five implants in the bone. Clips or other forms of attachment are usually used to make the connection. Ball-retained dentures, otherwise known as stud-attachment dentures, typically comprise sockets that sit on ball-shaped connectors on the implants. Implant-supported dentures have a better appearance and prevent jawbone resorption, which is a common occurrence in other types of dentures.

An ideal patient for this type of denture must have healthy gums, enough bone mass and excellent oral hygiene. If the jawbone mass is not enough, bone graft surgery may be required to rebuild the bone.

Caring for dentures

All types of dentures require routine cleaning to prevent oral health problems and ensure the durability of the dentures. If you have a partial denture, remove and clean it every day. Brush your teeth, gums and palate with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

In conclusion

Many denture options are available to restore the appearance and function of your teeth. Your dentist will advise you on the best option based on your condition. With proper care and maintenance, the dentures can survive many years of use.

Request an appointment here: https://dentistrybatonrouge.com or call Elizabeth H Guerrero DDS at (225) 360-3914 for an appointment in our Baton Rouge office.

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